Photo ⟩ Levits met with Zelensky for the third time in Ukraine

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Latvian President Egils Levits went to Lviv today, March 3, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

President of Latvia Egils Levits and President of Ukraine Volodymyrs Zelenskis
President of Latvia Egils Levits and President of Ukraine Volodymyrs Zelenskis Photo: Mykola Tys/Epa

Latvian President Egils Levits went to Lviv today, March 3, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“A meaningful and symbolic visit of the President of Latvia to Ukraine. Thank you for the principled support, both militarily and politically, for the clear understanding that the aggressor cannot be given a single chance. Ukraine and all of Europe will win!” Zelensky announces the meeting on social networks.

Photo: Latvian President Egils Levits meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Lviv on Friday, March 3

As informed by the Chancellery of the State President, Levits emphasized in the conversation that Ukraine’s military capacity must be strengthened in order to repel Russian aggression.

The President of Ukraine thanked Latvia for the military, financial, humanitarian and political assistance provided so far, which has been essential in the fight against Russian aggression. “Latvia was one of the first countries that provided aid to Ukraine. Ukraine will never forget it. We are close friends,” Zelenskis emphasized.

Levits said that providing support to Ukraine is self-evident, as Latvia has also historically experienced Russian aggression. Also, according to the Latvian president, the provision of support must be continued, because Ukraine is fighting not only for its freedom, but also for the values ​​and security of the whole of Europe.

“Latvia is doing everything to convince the rest of the Western countries that it is necessary to continue providing help and support to the Ukrainian people, because Ukraine must win this war. It is necessary to increase the awareness in the West that Russia is a threat not only to its immediate neighbors, but also on a much wider scale,” said Levits.

The two presidents also discussed the practical aspects of military assistance. Zelensky said that Ukraine expects a clear message at the NATO summit in Vilnius in July about its progress towards NATO. At the same time, Ukraine, putting forward its so-called Ten-point peace formula, calls for the widest possible support of international countries for it.

The two presidents agreed that Russia must return to its internationally recognized borders and restore the full territorial integrity of Ukraine before diplomatic dialogue for peace can begin.

The two presidents also discussed cooperation between Latvia and Ukraine in international organizations. Zelenskis highly appreciated Latvia’s active support for the Ukrainian issue at the UN, as well as the work on the creation of an “ad hoc” international tribunal that would judge Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

The President of Latvia expressed his support for Ukraine’s reform efforts so that it could start negotiations on membership in the European Union as soon as possible. Zelensky assured that Ukraine is making every effort to get closer to this goal, and this would be an important signal for the Ukrainian people. During the meeting, Levits and Zelenskyi signed a joint declaration.

Before the meeting, the presidents of Latvia and Ukraine, with the participation of spouses Andra Levita and Olena Zelenska, laid flowers at the Lviv cemetery in memory of the fallen defenders of Ukraine.

This is the third time that Levitt has visited Ukraine since Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24 of last year.

The president of Latvia is actively advocating for the creation of an international tribunal that could be used to punish Russia for its crimes in Ukraine. Levits has also called on Western countries to continue supporting Ukraine.

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